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Luxfer Gas Cylinders announces opening date for new composite cylinder manufacturing facility in France

GERZAT, CLERMONT-FERRAND, France (Sept. 15, 2005)—Luxfer Gas Cylinders announces the opening of its new European composite cylinder facility.

Luxfer invested several million euros in the state-of-the-art facility, which will initially employ 40 people. The new facility, an expansion of Luxfer’s existing French plant, will produce full-wrap and carbon composite cylinders used primarily in the medical market, as well as by firefighters and emergency rescue personnel. Products will include medical oxygen cylinders and life-support cylinders for self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA).

“European demand for composite oxygen and life-support cylinders has significantly increased,” said David Rix, Managing Director of Luxfer Europe. “The increased capacity at our French plant will greatly enhance Luxfer’s ability to meet the growing needs of our European customers with a wide range of products that we previously manufactured only in the United States. We have future plans to further expand the manufacturing capacity of our French facility in response to growing demand in other European market sectors, including paintball.”

David Sparkes, European Operations Director, said that manufacturing and technical experts from Luxfer USA played a significant role in developing the new French facility.

Established in 1898, Luxfer is the world’s leading manufacturer of high-pressure aluminium and composite cylinders for gas containment. With six manufacturing facilities in North America, Europe and Asia and sales offices around the globe, Luxfer serves customers in many major markets, including medical, life support, beverage, fire, scuba and speciality gases. Nearly 50 million Luxfer cylinders are in service worldwide. Luxfer Gas Cylinders is part of the global Luxfer Group of companies.

For more information about the new French facility and Luxfer products, please visit www.luxfercylinders.com or call +44 (0) 115 9803800.

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